Well fast forward 80 or so years to today and my life. Guess who must take after her grandmother? Yep, me. I make it my mission to use up every ingredient and eat every leftover in the fridge/pantry each week. So when I had 3/4 of a container of ricotta cheese leftover, I searched for a recipe to use it in. I had always wanted to try a ricotta cheesecake, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
I actually had a hard time finding a recipe that received decent ratings that didn't use a bunch of other ingredients I didn't have. You can easily get into a lot more money trying to use up the last of an ingredient than you're saving if you're not careful.
So I found this recipe on Southern Living's website (my go-to recipe destination) and made some modifications. I completely changed the crust to a graham cracker crust but otherwise kept it mostly the same.
- 1 2/3 cup crushed graham crackers (1 sleeve)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 3/4 (15-ounce) carton fat-free ricotta cheese
- 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup spreadable reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt (I tried strawberry and it was undetectable in the final taste.)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg whites
- Cooking spray
PreparationTo prepare crust, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a bowl. Combine and press into the bottom and up the sides of a 8 or 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated 325 degree oven.
To prepare filling, place cheeses in a bowl, and beat at medium speed of a mixer until smooth. Lightly spoon 1/4 cup flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Add 1/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and the next 4 ingredients (sugar through egg whites) to cheese mixture; beat until smooth.
Preheat oven to 325°.
Pour filling into crust. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until filling is set. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula; cool on a wire rack.
Serve with dulce de leche sauce.